UPDATE TUESDAY 4.50PM: Points problems on rail track blamed for level crossing failures in Spalding

There are reports of problems with level crossings in London Road, Park Road and Woolram Wygate, Spalding.  Photo by Stuart Hall.
There are reports of problems with level crossings in London Road, Park Road and Woolram Wygate, Spalding. Photo by Stuart Hall.

Level crossing problems which affected drivers in Spalding were caused by “an ongoing problem” with points on the track, according to rail officials.

Reports of level crossing barriers staying down in London Road, Park Road and Woolram Wygate first surfaced just after 10.20am this morning, with one anonymous caller to Spalding Today that they had been stuck near Hawthorn Bank level crossing for two and a half hours.

A spokesman for Network Rail apologised for the disruption and added: “This has been caused by an ongoing problem with a set of points on the track.

“When a fault is detected the level crossing barriers ‘fail safe’, meaning the barriers are dropped to protect the public.

“Engineers remain on site and are working to fix the problem and we plan to have the crossings working as normal as soon as possible.”

TUESDAY 1.40PM: Level crossing failures hit Spalding again

Drivers across Spalding are facing delays to the journeys after a spate of level crossing failures in the town today.

Faults have been reported at London Road, Park Road and Woolram Wygate level crossings and engineers from Network Rail are trying to identify the cause of the problems.

However, it is not known at this stage whether the problems are the same as those which plagued the town last summer.

More news as soon as we get it.